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Everyday California: Design for Inclusion

A rare opportunity to hear American graphic designer and women’s activist Sheila Levrant de Bretteville discuss her work and wider involvement in cultural and political projects in California since the 1960s.

What to expect

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville is one of today’s most prominent feminist graphic designers.

Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1969, during the resurgence of feminism and wider counterculture movements, the designer has been continually inspired by California’s sense of freedom. Left to her own devices, she turned her back on former modernist ideologies, and set out to implement new inclusive design methods that would engage the minds of wider audiences and marginalised communities.

Her achievements include; founding The Women’s Design Programme at the California Institute of the Arts (1971), co-founding the first independent feminist art school in the United States and the Feminist Studio Workshop in Los Angeles (1973).

Attendees joined designer and activist Sheila Levrant de Bretteville as she explores the notion of freedom through her personal encounters of living and working in Los Angeles since the late 1960s.

Image credit | Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, poster for the ‘Women in Design’ conference (1974)

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Booking information

Adult £10, student/ concession £7.50, Members £9

For a five day priority booking period Members have access to a limited number of tickets that are available at a 10% discount before tickets go on general release.


Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville has been Director of the Graphic Design graduate programme at Yale University’s School of Art since 1990 where she is currently the Caroline M. Street Professor. Her work has featured in numerous publications and exhibitions including; ‘Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History’ at the Walker Art Center; in ‘Now Dig This! Art’ and in ‘WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


Brendan McGetrick is an independent writer, curator, and designer. His publications include; Content (Taschen, 2004), MAD Dinner (Actar, 2010), and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8, 2011). In 2014, he co-curated the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and he is currently director and curator of Global Grad Show, an international exhibition of graduate design.

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